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Powering the water sector

We help water companies drive efficiency, satisfy regulatory requirements such as PR19 and AMP7 and deliver the optimal experience for their customers, whilst enabling them to unleash the innovation that will drive a more sustainable future.

Meeting the many demands of water regulators, consumers, environmental groups and shareholders is undeniably challenging. We work with many leading UK water companies and deliver a combination of innovative energy technology and end-to-end energy solutions required to deliver increased efficiency, reliable supply and reduced carbon emissions.

Vivaqua, has been able to reduce power demand by up to 5MW during demand response events, saving 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

"Water operators can fully concentrate on the core business, as the Demand Side Response process is entirely automated.”
Pierre Granville, Technical Director, Vivaqua

The pressures on water companies leading into AMP7

Ofwat has made clear its focus on reducing prices as part of PR19, the current Price Review consultation. For customer bills to be reduced while investors continue to see a healthy return, there is no choice but to improve efficiency. Pressures from regulators and consumers to maintain a secure and consistent supply are increasingly determining financial return; and regulators and consumers are no less demanding when it comes to visibility of environmental sustainability. Innovation will be key if the water industry is to meet the many demands placed upon it.

What role does energy have to play?

New approaches to generating and managing energy have an important role to play in enabling the water industry to respond to the challenges it faces.

  • Energy Insight solutions can help to identify current operational inefficiencies and risks, informing a data-driven approach to running a water operation
  • On-site generation and storage technologies improve operational resilience and reduce the costs of consuming energy from the grid
  • Renewable energy technologies, such as solar, reduce carbon emissions and lower costs
  • Demand Side Response schemes enable water firms to generate new revenue streams from on-site assets and access incentives for managing grid consumption
  • Flexible funding models and innovative commercial contracts help water companies overcome the capex constraints that often prevent them from deploying more efficient energy technology and also provide certainty over future returns
  • Working with the right partners will be key to enabling water companies to unlock the opportunities presented by energy
20%
Operating costs accounted for by energy in water companies – second only to staff costs
2%
% of UK electricity consumption accounted for by water and sewage treatment
4Mt
Estimated annual carbon footprint of the UK water industry – 0.7% of total UK emissions
Energy enables the water industry of the future

New approaches to generating and managing energy have an important role to play in enabling the water industry to respond to the challenges it faces. There are four key areas water companies need to focus on.

1,200
Number of wireless sensors installed across UK water companies to provide real-time energy data
22MW
Solar installed in UK water company sites generating 20GWh of electricity and saving 7800 tonnes of CO2 pa
53MW
Battery Storage being installed in the UK to provide a range of services including resilience for customer sites and services to grid